Which Cert first

Ken217aKen217a Member Posts: 18 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi all. I am looking to either get one of two certs first. Which cert would be better to get first, if I was looking for a job, CCNA or A+ and Network+? I plan on taken or at least looking at a bookcamp, but can only afford one right now. So which one would be best? Thanks, Ken

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  • uyen_nguyenuyen_nguyen Member Posts: 32 ■■□□□□□□□□
    A+ first then Net+ and last one is CCNA.
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  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAMod Posts: 4,133 Mod
    CCNA will give you the most bang for your buck during a job search. If you understand computer and networking fundamentals, I wouldn't bother with the A+ or Network+
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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Where I'm from you need an A+ to get any type of help desk/desktop support experience. It's often a mandatory requirement for just about every entry level job. Even tho the CCNA is def the best bag for your buck (half the price of the A+, about 60% the price of the Net+) it seems that at least here, it might be hard to get foot in the door by skipping the A+ unless you have a great (social) network to utilize and bypass the application process.

    So I'd recommend the A+ then Net+. Then you can get experience while pursuing the CCNA.
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  • LaduLaserLaduLaser Member Posts: 31 ■■■□□□□□□□
    You can take both A+ and Network+ by just reading books (I recommend the Sybex Study Guides) and taking the exams. The CCNA is the hardest out of the three and a camp would be a tremendous boon to pass that. Just ask yourself what you want to work with. If you have zero experience in the computer field so far, start easy with the A+ and Network+. If you're already in the business and seek to move from "helpdesk/computer technician" to "network technician" and the associated salary increase, go for CCNA.
  • adamroyaadamroya Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
    LaduLaser wrote: »
    You can take both A+ and Network+ by just reading books (I recommend the Sybex Study Guides) and taking the exams. The CCNA is the hardest out of the three and a camp would be a tremendous boon to pass that. Just ask yourself what you want to work with. If you have zero experience in the computer field so far, start easy with the A+ and Network+. If you're already in the business and seek to move from "helpdesk/computer technician" to "network technician" and the associated salary increase, go for CCNA.

    good answer
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